Malta... Where Stories Are Told

Malta offers unique filming locations and has hosted foreign film productions since the 1920s. This can be attributed to the islands' breathtaking coastlines, beautiful natural light and stunning architecture which allow it to double for a variety of locations from ancient Rome to 19th Century Marseilles and Beirut in the 1960's. Other bonuses in Malta's favour are the number of financial incentives available, the fact that most people speak English, good airline connections with major European hubs, long hours of daylight, as well as the talented human resources both in the fields of acting and crew members. 

Directors that have chosen Malta as a backdrop to their films include Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Angelina Jolie and most recently Michael Bay amongst others. This means that Malta has serviced some of the most famous blockbusters ever produced in film history, as well as a number of other independent film and TV productions.  

A few of the productions which were partially or wholly filmed on the beautiful Maltese Islands include: Midnight Express (1978), Popeye (1980), Gladiator (2000), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), Troy (2004), Munich (2005), The Da Vinci Code (2006), The Devil's Double (2010), and Captain Philips (2013). Want to see the whole time-line of films that chose Malta as their production destination? Just click here.

To celebrate 90 years of Malta as a film location, the Malta Film Commission has released a show-reel with snippets of several of the films that used Malta as a location; can you guess which films are in it?

If you would like to see for yourself why Malta is becoming increasingly popular as a filming location, or if you would like to visit some of the locations of these famous films please feel free to drop us an email and we'll help you organise the perfect stay.


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